Prospect Profile Ė Jimmy Gunville
Saturday, Dec 2, 2006
Throughout the course of the year New England Basketball Services will bring you recruiting information and stories about some of the top prospects the region has to offer. Today we profile a player who has flown under the radar despite being one of the best outside shooters anywhere in New England.
Jimmy Gunville is a 6í1 guard from Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School in Massachusetts. Gunville, who also plays with the Middlesex Magic AAU program, accomplished a rare feet during this fallís AAU season when he had back to back games where he knocked down ten or more three-pointers.
It all started at BABCís Veteranís Day Invitational Tournament where Gunville went off for 13 three-point shots in one game against Bay State Magic.
And even though he had to wait almost another week to play again, he was able to knock down 10 more three-pointers in his next game when his Middlesex Magic team took on Pop A from Brooklyn at the Mill City Fall Basketball Tournament.
Despite such an outstanding display of outside shooting that has had people talking throughout the Northeast, Gunville has not yet been offered a college scholarship. "I have been getting serious interest from Dusquesne and Siena," Gunville said last week.
"Winthrop just called and I have also heard from UNH and BU. From division II schools I have been getting the most attention from Stonehill, St. Anselmís and UMass Lowell."
Gunville, who would like to study either business or sports management in college, says he is simply looking for a program where he is wanted and will fit into their offense. "My goal is to get a scholarship this year," he says "but if I canít I will probably enroll at Blair Academy and try again next year."
With that kind of outside shooting ability you would think the scholarship offers would be streaming in at this point. But Gunville might be flying a little under the radar because his high school doesnít have a program that typically produces a lot of scholarship basketball players. But Gunville isnít sorry he decided to attend his local high school and continues to play with friends he has been playing with for years now.
"I am really looking forward to this high school season," he said. "I think our core set of 5 guys is one of the best in the state. We have been playing together for so long that weíre at the point where we know each other on the floor and it just clicks for us."
In terms of Gunvilleís game, his outside shooting is definitely his biggest strength but his ball handling skills are solid enough where he can spend some time playing the point if necessary. "I can play either guard position, but Iím more comfortable off the ball where I can look for my shot."
When you are capable of making 23 three-pointers in only 2 games looking for your shot is probably a smart thing to do.